Registration is open for this event, being held jointly with Oxford University’s Intellectual Property Research Centre and The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), on Wednesday, 11 May 2016 (5.30 for 6pm start) at Simmons & Simmons, 1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9SS.  

Much of the commentary on the recent trade mark reforms has focused on the big ticket items – such as the change in the name of the Office, IP TRANSLATOR and goods in transit. But many of the less obvious reforms may well have a bigger impact – and practitioners need to go back to the original Max Planck study for a full understanding.

Join our panel of experts, Prof Graeme Dinwoodie (Oxford University), Simon Malynicz QC (3 New Square) and David Stone (Simmons & Simmons), for a deep dive into the real meat of the reforms, including:

  • the new exclusions which potentially invalidate a range of non-traditional trade marks;
  • the new interaction between trade mark law and the Misleading and Comparative Advertising Directive;
  • new rules on how company names may infringe a trade mark; and
  • changes to the scope of defences.

Attendance is free for UK members and new applicants for membership, and free to current students on the Oxford Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice (2015/16 academic year); attendance is otherwise £25 for non-members.  CPD 1.5hrs and BSB accredited course.

If you would like to attend this event please register at:

Simmons & Simmons (1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9SS) have kindly agreed to host this event and drinks will be served afterwards.

(Please note that Simmons & Simmons is currently hosting a temporary art exhibition of contemporary art (proceeds of sales go to a group of not-for-profit institutions (details are available here:

NB: At the time of registering if someone else (eg: your secretary or P.A.) registers on your behalf, please make sure that they book in your name, so that the name of the person who is attending - and wants the CPDs – is the name which makes it onto the attendee list.  Many thanks.

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